A while ago I wrote a post about more unusual Polygonatum spp. with the title: Solomon’s Seals – are you kidding? in the desire to stop gardeners discriminate against them on the account of the name association with the Great Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum). But now I’ll have to go the other way and praise the big, tall and bold Solomon’s seals for what they truly are – magnificent architectural plants for the woodland garden. Unfortunately, I don’t have one, but even so I found a shady corner and planted one tall Solomon’s Seal: Polygonatum odoratum ‘Spiral Staircase’. It already displays, even at an early stage, its unusual disposition of the leaves.
Look at the spectacular leaf arrangement around the stems – this is a plea for a name change! If Tony Avent from PDN can ‘hear’ me: it has to be changed to Polygonatum odoratum ‘Staircase to Heaven’. You can start climbing and stop when reaching it (i.e. the heaven). I bet there are lots of other Polygonatums there, and I don’t know from where they got it if not from Lost Horizons.
It is true that using the mail-order they could have obtained it from Plant Delight Nursery because Polygonatum odoratum ‘Spiral Staircase’ is given as their collection from Korea. It grows up to 2’, with the leaves disposed very close and the stems twisted, hence the spiral staircase impression; white bell-shaped flowers and blue berries in the fall.
But names don’t matter that much – ‘Spiral Staircase’ or ‘Staircase to Heaven’, this Solomon’s Seal (and not only) is a rare find and a beautiful addition to any woodland garden.